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Slashing Through the Snow

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The mystery was just ok and having all the clues laid out without a !it of red herrings made it easy for me to solve the mystery before I was halfway through the book. Some of the plot lines seemed like they were thrown j  at the last minute to make the book a little longer, they didn't really add anything to thebook.
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I received a reviewer copy of Slashing Through the Snow by Jacqueline Frost from the publisher Crooked Lane from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

What It’s About: We are back in the magical Reindeer Games Christmas Tree farm in Mistletoe, Maine. And our favorite amateur sleuth Holly White. When a tough B&B reviewer ends up dead and the delightful Cookie is on the suspect list, Holly is back to her detective series. 

I love this small cozy series set in Maine, the characters are so likeable and I feel like I am back in Maine. I really love the idea of Christmas in Maine. It is really incredible and fun.  I don't know if this was my favorite of the series, but I still loved escaping into this series. 

A solid third novel, now give me number four! This series is perfect for the holidays!
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This book in the third in the Christmas Tree Farm mystery series and it's the best yet! The setting is unique and the characters are utterly engaging. The best part is that every book involves some Christmas magic so if you are a fan of holiday cozy mysteries you can't go wrong with this one. I am eagerly awaiting the next book.
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Holly and her family own a Christmas Tree Farm called Reindeer Games. Holly runs the Inn where Karen, a well-known critic, and writer for a New England Magazine with a nasty personality is staying.  One day, Karen is found on the porch of the Inn with a head trauma caused by a metal Christmas nutcracker given to Karen by her friend, Cookie.  Cookie becomes the main suspect since her fingerprints are all over the nutcracker. Holly is determined to prove that Cookie is innocent.

This is a charming Christmas mystery with the perfect romantic ending! The characters are full of charm and the writing is superb.  It is everything a cozy mystery should be, including the perfect setting for a Christmas story. I would highly recommend this book to cozy mystery fans!
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Slashing through the Snow by Jacqueline Frost is the third book in the Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series.  Holly is excited to be the innkeeper at the Christmas tree farm and is hard at work with some helpers wrapping gifts for the toy drive.  She also welcomes B&B critic Karen to the inn with hopes of a good review.  Unfortunately Karen is true to her name with cranky added as a descriptor.  When she is found dead by way of a nutcracker Holly gave to her friend Cookie, it is up to Holly to hep save Christmas and her inn's reputation.  The setting was wonderful, but some of the side stories were a bit distracting. Overall it was a nice addition to the series and a great Christmas themed read.
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Holly White has recently taken over as the innkeeper of the Christmas Tree Farm B&B located in Mistletoe, Maine, a Christmas-themed village. When an acid-tongued critic is found dead while onsite to write a review of the B&B, Holly joins forces with her boyfriend, Sheriff Evan Gray to try to solve the crime. Suspects abound, including the sheriff’s younger sister, Libby. Slashing Through the Snow is the third book in the Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series, but it is the first one I’ve read. Nonetheless, it was easy to follow and very enjoyable. The setting is first-rate for a cozy mystery. The characters are delightfully quirky and there’s just enough romance so as to not overshadow the mystery plot.
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Slashing Through the Snow: A Christmas Tree Famr Mystery by Jacqueline Frost where Holly White is running the Inn at her parents' addition to Reindeer Game, the family-owned Christmas Tree Farm in Mistletoe, Maine. Lots for people to do during the twelves days leading up to Christmas!  Karen Moody, one of Holly's newest guest was here to review the Inn and for some reason she ends up dead face down in the snow with Holy's gift the nutcracker from Cookie! Holly has know Cookie since she was little girl and would do anything for her. Holly will need to solve this murder before Cookie ends in jail for murder! But Evan the town sheriff and Holly's boyfriends wants Holly to trust him that he will get to the truth. 

This was the first book I read by Jacqueline Frost and I really enjoyed it! The characters were really well wirtten and the mystery kepted me guessing until the end.
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My rating: 1 of 5 stars, I didn't care for it.

Book 3 in the series.

I'm not sure what happened to the main character after the first book, but I wanted to slap Holly multiple times. She was too stupid to live way too often in this book, and I get really tired of books where the amateur sleuth completely ignores their day job to nose around. And in this case, it's a brand new business and Holly is supposedly worried about a bad review from the person who ends up the murder victim. Honey, you need to be worrying about all your guests, because you're a terrible innkeeper!

This book just didn't sit well with me. And I don't understand why Holly's boyfriend, Sheriff Evan, puts up with her. She's turned into a nosy old biddy, and was truly insufferable.

I don't think I will read anymore in the series, if there are anymore to come.
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I absolutely love this series . It is always so much fun returning to Reindeer Games Christmas Tree Farms and the town of Mistletoe.  This is a fun cozy mystery and I really like the characters.  I can't wait to see what is next for Holly and Evan. 

Thank you Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for the arc.
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Is there anything better sounding than Christmas on an actual Christmas Tree Farm? I always love returning to Reindeer Games Christmas Tree farm and being back with Holly, Evan and the gang for another sleuthing opportunity to find a killer. Another great mystery written by the Cozy Queen herself. Looking forward to the next in the series! Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read and review this story!
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Publish Date: October 12 2021


Holly White is many things, a business owner, an innkeeper, a girlfriend (sort of) but what she is best known for in her hometown of Mistletoe is being nosy. When one of her closest friends is accused of murder, holly pulls out all the stops. She’s been down this road before and barely lived to tell the tale, can she stop a killer, save her friend and stay alive long enough to see Christmas?
This is the third book in the #mistletoe  series.  I love the town and the characters in this book. I haven’t read the first two books in the series so I did have a hard time keeping people straight. I’m excited to revisit the previous books and to keep going! I had to keep going to find out who the killer was. I enjoyed this book and will definitely keep going with the series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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I like this series, I really do. However, the plot was somewhat predictable. The killer and their motive were a bit of a distraction. Still, this is a fun series, and I enjoyed the book. I wish a book would take place not only during Christmas waiting a year for another book and having a time jump is a little of putting and it takes a bit to catch up.
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I absolutely love this series around Christmas time. It is perfect to cozy down by the Christmas tree/fireplace with! I read the first 2 books for Christmas 2020 and book 3 for Christmas 2021 did not disappoint! I wish I has my own Reindeer Games Christmas Tree Farm without the murder of course! The mysteries and characters in this series are always chiefs kiss!
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Holly White is now the innkeeper of the B&B at Reindeer Games Christmas Tree Farm. It's almost Christmas and the B&B is full. Most of the guests are having a wonderful time until Karen, a vicious B&B critic, is found dead in the toy drive box. Cookie's fingerprints are all over the murder weapon, which is to be expected since it was a gift from Cookie to Holly. Evan, the sheriff and Holly's boyfriend, knows Cookie isn't a murderer but must do his job. 

Holly is determined to identify the real killer with the help of her many friends. 

This book and the series are a joy to read.
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This one may be my favorite in the series so far. I love holiday themed cozies and this one didn’t disappoint. The is plenty of Christmas cheer throughout the storyline that is well blended into a murder mystery. The mystery is well-crafted with plenty of misdirection and red herring. The characters are fun, relatable, and interesting. I recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries and the holidays.

All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way have I been influenced by anyone.
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I borrowed this book last year and sadly just got a chance to finish it. I liked this book just as much as I liked the first 2 in the series. Now, I'm not sure about anybody else, but she left the storyline wide open for a fourth book.
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I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley for review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Set in Maine, this holiday cozy mystery will thrill and chill the reader. Holly White's Christmas tree farm is becoming a holiday destination B & B.  A vicious critic, one the locals have all come to know well, unfortunately, is found dead in the gift wrapped toy donation box. A fitting place for a nasty woman. This threatens the livelihood of the businesses in this holiday town. Is a killer among them? When a beloved elderly woman is taken in for questioning, the devastating possibility she may be charged puts Holly on the case to clear her friend and discover the identity of the true fiend. Great holiday cozy. Recommending you read the full series up to this book first.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for kindly providing me with a digital copy of this book for review.
This is the third book in this cozy mystery series and I have enjoyed the first 2 books previously. 
In my opinion this series is very entertaining and although it is set squarely at Christmas time, I think you can read it at any time of the year- the main focus is more on the murder mystery rather than the Christmas season. Although with the setting being a Christmas tree farm, there is obviously a bit of gingerbread, elves and reindeer thrown in. 
This time around it’s Cookie, the elderly sidekick of our lead character, who is being investigated for the death of a woman who has been hit around the head with a large Nutcracker nutcracker. Our lead character Holly of course sets about to prove Cookie’s innocence, much to the chagrin of her Sherriff boyfriend.
This is a very quick and enjoyable read with well written characters and plot twists. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, especially as this book ends on a very exciting note.
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Slashing Through the Snow by Jacqueline Frost aka Julie Anne Lindsey is book three in the Christmas Tree Farm Mystery. I love this series! I would love to go to Mistletoe, Maine! 
This well written Cozy has it all, plenty of plot twists and suspects, the perfect setting for a Christmas Coxy, and likeable characters. I laughed and I cried throughout the story. I didn't want to put it down.
I was given an ARC by Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley for an honest review.
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Slashing Through the Snow is the third in the Christmas Tree Farm series, but the first I've read.  Even having not read the first two, I was easily able to follow the story and the relationships of the characters.  Prior stories were eluded to, but this only piqued my curiosity for wanting to read the first two in the series.

Reindeer Games Christmas Tree Farm in Mistletoe seems to be the ideal place to spend the Christmas holidays.  However, one of the guests at the farm's inn, a very unlikable critic, is murdered and Innkeeper Holly White must work fast to keep her best friend Cookie from being arrested for committing the murder.   Even though all of the clues seem to point towards Cookie, Holly believes otherwise and investigates on her own, much to the frustration of her boyfriend Sherriff Evan Gray.  In the midst of the investigation, Holly must ensure that all the Christmas gifts collected for the toy drive are wrapped, the inn is prepared to host a wedding party, restock her line of jewelry at the farm's shop, and her responsibilities for the Reindeer Games are fulfilled.  Holly is busy!  With the help of friends Libby (Evan's sister), Ray (local reporter and Libby's boyfriend) and input from Cookie, Holly is able to discern the identity of the murderer.   The funny part is that through normal police procedures, Evan identifies the murderer as well all while keeping Holly in the dark.

The town of Mistletoe and its residents very much have that small town feel.  They all know each other, are friends, involved in each other's lives, supportive of and helpful to everyone.  Definitely a place where everyone should want to visit, particularly over Christmas!  The descriptions of the inn, shops and cafe at the farm definitely make you want to spend time there - sampling the cookies and cooking by Holly's mom, shopping for jewelry that Holly has made from empty wine bottles, and enjoying the inn's hospitality.  All of these details, along with the 'side stories' make this a very enjoyable read.

Slashing Through the Snow should be read when you can spend time getting lost in the story and details.  I read the book in a single setting and regretted doing so, particularly if this is the last in the series!  I would hope the publisher reconsiders and we are able to spend more time in Mistletoe!
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